It's an improvement over the version before the latest refresh.

The newly facelifted 2017 Lincoln MKZ crashed its way to a Top Safety Pick+ rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. To earn the award, a vehicle needs the agency’s top Good score in all of the tests and an Advanced or Superior rating for the front crash prevention system.

The 2017 MKZ has a modified front-end structure that makes the sedan safer in an accident. The changes allowed the updated model to score a Good rating in the small-overlap front crash test, versus Acceptable for the previous version.

Lincoln also earned an improved rating for the MKZ’s front crash prevention system. The previous version had a Basic score, the agency’s lowest, but it improved to Superior, the best, this time. The sedan was able to avoid collisions in the 12- and 25-mile-per-hour (19 - and 40-kilometer-per-hour) evaluations, and there was a forward collision warning that meets the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's standards.

In addition to its updated styling and improved safety, the 2017 MKZ is available with a 3.0-liter biturbo V6 that makes 350 horsepower (261 kilowatts) and 400 pound-feet (541 Newton-meters) of torque on front-wheel-drive models. Choosing all-wheel drive increases the output is an impressive 400 hp (298 kW) and 400 lb-ft (541 Nm).

Source: Lincoln, Insurance Institute for Highway Safety

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